The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 71, July 1967 - April, 1968

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much to the Thoroughbred for their foundation and improvement.
The activities of such a breed centered in their racing and breeding
abilities. This is emphasized in the text.
The blood-lines of these early Thoroughbred horses are traced to
the top English and American bred horses of the breed. These included
Diomed (winner of the first Kentucky Derby ever run), Herod (direct
descendent of Byerly Turk), Sir Archy, American Eclipse, and Godol-
phin Barb or Godolphin Abrabian.
In addition to the listing of horses the author records the location
of centers of breeding and racing as well as the names of those indi-
viduals and clubs giving leadership to the promotion and development
of these activities. The time records, weight handicaps, distances,
purses, and methods of conducting race meets are valuable and inter-
esting parts of the material included. Modern comparisons may be
enlightening.
This monograph can hopefully serve as source material and an
inspiration for further research into later developments and activities
related to horses in Texas.
Texas A & M University D. W. WILLIAMS
Benjamin Lundy and the Struggle for Negro Freedom. By Merton L.
Dillon. Urbana (The University of Illinois Press), 1966. Pp.
iv+285. Bibliography and index. $6.75.
This is a biography of Benjamin Lundy, and not a history of the
abolition crusade. Lundy is made to stand out boldly as a person with
unforgettable character and unquenchable zeal. One is impressed with
Lundy's calm analysis of the entire problem of slavery and the difficul-
ties of abolition, though he misjudged the motives of the slaveholders
and their southern adherents. He supported colonization of freedmen
in Africa, Haiti, Canada, and Mexico, not to create a white America,
but to prove that the Negro could stand alone, make a living, and
conduct himself decently in a civil society.
Lundy was primarily an editor. For several years, in various places,
he published his Genius of Universal Emancipation. Subscriptions
were few, and poverty and frustration dogged him through life. With
good Quaker obstinacy he held true to his course in spite of bank-
ruptcy, ill health, the wrath of the slavers, and of northerners-who
feared the abolitionists as trouble makers and who had slight com-
passion for the Negro.

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